Interagency Equity Advisory Committee

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The Interagency Transportation Equity Advisory Committee (Committee) is a priority for the California Transportation Commission (Commission), California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The Committee is intended to elevate diverse and historically marginalized voices to advise our agencies on how to achieve meaningful outcomes in transportation equity, environmental justice, and equitable economic opportunities, especially as related to transportation planning and programming.

From mid-2020 through early 2021, the Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans released racial equity statements highlighting each agencies strong commitment to equity. To implement these statements, each agency identified the development of an equity advisory committee as a tangible tool to implement meaningful change. This strategy was memorialized in the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI). 

One Committee consisting of up to 15 members serving two-year staggered terms will make recommendations to the Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans. Recommendations will focus on tools and guidelines for transportation planning and funding programs. The Committee will meet pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. The Commission, CalSTA, and Caltrans retain final decision-making authority.  

For additional background information please click HERE.

For more information on purpose, scope, and membership responsibilities of the Committee, please click HERE.


Equity Advisory Committee: Membership

The application for the first EAC was held from August 8, 2022 - September 2, 2022.

A Frequently Asked Questions and Informational Webinar was held on August 25, 2022.

Applicants recommended for the Committee were notified in early October 2022.

Membership recommendations were considered and approved at the Commission’s October 12-13 2022 meeting.

  1. Martha Armas-Kelly
  2. Alexandria Contreras
  3. Michael DeSpain
  4. Ana Gonzalez
  5. Herb Hastings

 

  1. Peggy Martinez
  2. Amber Novey
  3. Nailah Pope-Harden*
  4. Axel Santana
  5. Connie Stewart*

 

  1. Randy Torres-Van Vleck*
  2. Stella Ursua
  3. Cheryl Viegas-Walker
  4. William Walker
  5. Kristine Williams

*Former CTC Equity Advisory Roundtable Member

 


Upcoming Meetings

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, April 5, 2024

Sacramento and via webinar

  • 04/15: Meeting Agenda (pdf) - Coming Soon

2023 Past Meetings

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

San Joaquin Council of Governments Board Room

555 East Weber Ave

Stockton, CA 95202

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, November 17, 2023

Via Webinar 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Executive Meeting

Friday, December 8, 2023 

Riverside and via Webinar

9:00 am – 12:00 pm


2024 Past Meetings

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Sacramento and via webinar

 

EAC Application Information

Contact Information

For General Inquiries and Information, email TransportationEAC@dot.ca.gov

California Transportation Commission
C. Sequoia Erasmus,Associate Deputy Director, Equity and Engagement
Email: Sequoia.Erasmus@catc.ca.gov

California Department of Transportation
Carolyn Abrams, Acting Program Manager, Caltrans Office on Race and Equity
California Department of Transportation
Email: Carolyn.Abrams@dot.ca.gov

California State Transportation Agency
Abigail Jackson
Email: abigail.jackson@calsta.ca.gov

Committee Members and Leadership

Picture of Committee Members and Leadership

Martha Armas-Kelly
Alexandria Contreras
Michael DeSpain
Ana Gonzalez
Peggy Martinez
Amber Novey
Nailah Pope-Harden
Herb Hastings
Axel Santana
Connie Stewart
Randy Torres-Van Vleck
Stella Ursua
Cheryl Viegas-Walker
William Walker
Kristine Williams

Committee Leadership

Chair William Walker

Chair William Walker

Vice Chair Martha Armas Kelly

Vice Chair Martha Armas-Kelly

Meetings & Materials

December 8 (F), 2023 - Hybrid Meeting   

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Executive Meeting

Riverside and via Webinar

9:00 am – 12:00 pm


November 17(F), 2023 - Virtual Meeting

EAC Elections Meeting 


September 26 (T), 2023 - Hybrid Meeting

San Joaquin Council of Governments Board Room


June 5 (M), 2023 – Virtual Meeting

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meeting

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


March 21 (T), 2023 - Hybrid Meeting

LA Metro Boardroom

One Gateway Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90012


December 15 (T), 2022

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee Meet & Greet

Meet and Greet

10:00 – 11:00 am


August 25 (T), 2022

Interagency Equity Advisory Committee

Frequently Asked Questions Webinar

12:00 – 1:00 pm